5 Signs You're a Sleep-Deprived Parent

Once you become a parent, it may feel like getting a good night's sleep is a thing of the past, but that shouldn't be!


When you have a kid, the term all-nighter has a whole new meaning. Experts recommend that adults ages 26 to 64 get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Here are five signs you aren't getting enough Zs. First, you're looking a little rough these days. Your appearance gives off the impression you've been throwing some amazing late night parties. But the truth is the only beverage you've been serving at 2:00 AM is breastmilk. Second, your cravings for chips, candy, and other deliciously unhealthy things are through the roof. But your craving for the gym? Not so strong. Third, watching your favorite show takes twice as long because you keep dozing off. Fourth, once you finally find your car keys, you can't remember where you were supposed to be going. And, finally, you need a calendar to figure out the last time there was some action in the bedroom. If a few of these signs apply to you, ask your partner, family member, or friend, to lend a hand. Even just a few hours of extra help gives you time for a nap. And, that can make all the difference.

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